| Jan 22, 2015
| 6:46 AM
Groundhog Day is just over a week away, but regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil and Connecticut's Chuckles see their shadows or not, signs of spring in February and March are hard to find.
Outdoors, that is. Inside, it's another story.
| Jan 3, 2015
| 12:27 PM
Question: Spider mites and thrips have affected my annuals and I plan to remove them from the garden and replant. Is there anything I should do to the soil?
Answer: Once a food source is removed most insect pests rapidly decline. Removing the plants...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 7:41 PM
Average temperatures: High 72, low 50
Rainfall: 2.43 inches
Florida Arbor Day: Jan. 16
1. Moon phases
•Full moon: Jan. 4
•Last quarter: Jan. 13
•New moon: Jan. 20
First quarter: Jan. 26
2. Moon sign...
| Jan 18, 2015
Camellias are plants with benefits — they add pops of flower color in the winter garden and help feed pollinating insects that emerge on warm winter days.
"Camellias belong in the home landscape because they are attractive, evergreen shrubs that...
| Jan 17, 2015
| 1:20 PM
Question: I have an eggplant more than 5 feet tall that has many blossoms but no fruit. I tried pollinating the blooms but they drop to the ground. What can I do to help the plant?
Answer: If you could turn up the heat a little your plant would have...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 9:53 AM
Plant Doctor (Prints 12/27/14)
Question: We would like to plant a small fruit tree but are only here November through May. When is the best time to add it to the landscape?
A: Fruit trees can be added year-round, but now during the cooler months is...
| May 18, 2014
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the national cooperative extension system — a fitting time to spotlight the master gardeners who play a large role in the organization's goals to assist and educate gardeners everywhere, especially in...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 11:33 AM
I've always believed there is no wrong or right way to garden — only your way.
Your garden should reflect your personality, your style and your needs — and 2015's gardening trends reflect that same philosophy.
"Now, more than ever, the...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 1:03 PM
Question: I have a phalaenopsis orchid in a small container with lots of roots that is starting to form a flower spike. Is it too late to repot it?
Answer: Orchids don't mind cramp quarters where the roots creep out over the sides of their containers,...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 12:08 PM
Question: We have a Snow Queen hibiscus bush. How cold does it have to get before we have to cover it? When we use a frost blanket, the outer edges often burn.
Answer: Temperatures only have to dip to 32 degrees at the leaf surface to cause damage to...
| Dec 14, 2014
Average temperatures: High 73, Low 53
Rainfall: 2.31 inches
Winter arrives: Dec. 21
Average first frost: Dec. 18
1. Moon phases
•Full moon: Dec. 6
•Last quarter: Dec. 14
•New moon: Dec. 21